Australian Open: Djokovic thrashes Tsonga, Zverev survives 5-set battle to reach 3rd round

first_imgAustralian Open: Djokovic thrashes Tsonga, Zverev survives 5-set battle to reach 3rd roundAustralian Open 2019 men’s singles roundup: While Novak Djokovic made light work of former finallist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, fourth seed Alexander Zverev survived a stiff test against Jeremy Chardy in the second round on Thursday.advertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 19:43 IST Top seed Novak Djokovic will face Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the third round of Australian Open 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic defeated former finallist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets on ThursdaySix-time champion Djokovic has reached the third round at Australian Open for the 12th timeZverev needed five sets to beat unseeded Jeremy Chardy of France in the second roundEleven years after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the 2008 Australian Open, top seed Novak Djokovic bested the Frenchman again at Melbourne Park to reach the third round early on Friday.The world number one Serb claimed a clinical 6-3 7-5 6-4 win over wildcard entry Tsonga in the late match at Rod Laver Arena.While Djokovic is seeking a third successive Grand Slam title, Tsonga has been on a different trajectory, with his ranking slipping to 177 after his 2018 season was cut short by a knee injury in April.The gap between the players’ standing was on full show as Djokovic cruised to victory in two hours and four minutes, setting up a mouthwatering intergenerational clash with Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.”I’ve been coming to Australia for the last 15 years… so hopefully I’ll be coming for 50 more.”We’ll still have you when you’re 81 @DjokerNole #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2019Germany’s Alexander Zverev wasted a flurry of opportunities before securing a 7-6(5) 6-4 5-7 6-7(6) 6-1 win over unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy to book a place in the third round on Thursday.The 21-year-old, seeded fourth at Melbourne Park, looked set for an easy outing after taking a two-set lead and with a flurry of break points in the third set. But he wasted four chances to break and then lost his serve to surrender the third set.The Frenchman, ranked 36, won the fourth set in a tiebreak after Zverev, who claimed the 2018 ATP Tour Finals after beating Roger Federer in the semis and then Novak Djokovic, wasted four more break point opportunities in the seventh game.advertisementChardy ran out of steam in the final set as his errors mounted and Zverev cantered to victory in three hours and 46 minutes. He next plays local wildcard Alex Bolt, who stunned 29th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 2-6 6-4 4-6 7-6(8) 6-4.Nothing but respect from Alexander Zverev to @jimchardy #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2019Also Read | Don’t know where all my trophies are: Serena after storming into Australian Open 3rd roundAlso Read | I had to warm up 4 times: Naomi Osaka tells Kei Nishikori. Video goes viralAlso Read | Australian Open: Raonic outserves Wawrinka, Nishikori survives massive scareFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Australian Open 2019Follow Alexander ZverevFollow Jo-Wilfried TsongaFollow Jeremy Chardy Nextlast_img read more

Constant surveillance needed to tackle resurgent outbreak of avian influenza – UN

The H7N9 strain of avian influenza, first detected in China four years ago, has experienced resurgence since December 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE) have reported. The virus can be lethal to both humans and poultry. “To protect human health and people’s livelihoods, it is essential to tackle the disease at its source in poultry: efforts need to target eliminating H7N9 from affected farms and markets,” said Vincent Martin, FAO’s Representative in China. The H7N9 strain is considered endemic in eastern and south-eastern China, and as of early March, has been estimated to be linked to more human cases of avian influenza than all other strains of avian influenza combined.China’s Ministry of Agriculture has ordered animal husbandry, veterinary and public health officers, as well as industry and commerce authorities to take closely coordinated and timely action to control the spread of the virus. Neighbouring countries are at high risk as are all that have poultry trade connections with China. “Targeted surveillance to detect the disease and clean infected farms and live bird markets, intervening at critical points along the poultry value chain – from farm to table – is required. There should be incentives for everybody involved in poultry production and marketing to enforce disease control.” Surveillance of the virus had proven difficult in the past, as the virus caused mild or no illnesses in the poultry and infected chickens displayed few or no symptoms. However new evidence from China’s Guangdong Province shows the emergence of a strain which can lead to high mortality for birds within 48 hours of infection, enabling quicker detection but also potentially raising the risk of severe animal and economic losses for the poultry industry. Matthew Stone, Deputy Director General of the OIE said, “China has been quick to notify international organizations about the virus’ recent change from low to high pathogenicity in poultry. Given the continuous risk of virus change, inherent to all influenza viruses, timely sharing of surveillance results and sequence information with the international community is crucial for pandemic preparedness.” While more than 1,200 human cases of H7N9 have been reported since 2013, there is no danger of catching the disease by eating chicken. As in previous waves, most patients infected reported visiting live bird markets or had come into contact with infected birds. “We need to understand the drivers of this disease in devising appropriate control and preventive strategies”, said Dr. Juan Lubroth, FAO Chief Veterinary Officer. “These must be tailored to meet the expectations of all stakeholders involved, such as farmers, traders, transporters, market operators, government and international agencies and the consumer.” read more